Newcastle United have reportedly made contact with Benfica fullback Nuno Tavares, who could depart the Portuguese giants in the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to Record, the Magpies, as well as Burnley, are ‘attentive’ to Tavares’ situation at Benfica, with the report stating that Steve Bruce’s side have made initial contact for the 21-year-old defender and that negotiation between the two clubs could advance further in the not-too-distant future.
A product of Benfica’s famed youth academy, which in recent years has produced the likes of Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix and Ruben Dias, Tavares started life brightly for the Liga NOS side, with the player’s agent claiming in January to Radio Marte via talkSPORT that the fullback ‘can become one of the best in Europe’ should he continue his development.
Despite this high praise, with his agent also noting the incredible speed the youngster possesses, Tavares has endured a difficult season with Benfica, with the defender making just 11 appearances in the league this campaign, with only five of them being starts.
This lack of first-team football this season means that Tavares could leave Benfica this summer way below his €88m (£75.8m) release clause, with the aforementioned report from Record claiming that the club could only demand €30m (£25.8m) for the fullback.
TBR View: Tavares has potential, but left-back is not a priority for Newcastle
The prospect of signing Tavares could be an intriguing one for both the Newcastle board as well as supporters, with the youngster one of the hottest prospects in Portugal despite his lack of first-team football this season, but despite the praise for the 21-year-old, the Toon are in a position where the left-back just isn’t an area of the team that needs too much work on.
Newcastle are stacked with options in that position of the field, with Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie all naturals in the left-back role, with Emil Krafth also able to operate in that area should he be needed.
There’s no denying Tavares’ potential and impressive footballing CV at such a young age, but for Newcastle, other positions in the team require new signings rather than the left-back role, which is more than well-stocked.